I finally managed to snag some shots of Osiris wearing his Vogue 8889 shirt. It’s a little rumpled from being worn, but the man takes camera shy to a whole new level so I’ll take what I can get.


The fit through the shoulders is great. I took Kbenco’s experience to heart and downsized two sizes at the waist to get an actual slim, fitted shape (my husband’s chest-waist ratio is closer to the Misses’ pattern sizing than the mens). I should perhaps have been a little more thoughtful about how I did this—the way the pattern pieces are nested, the amount I removed at each seam wasn’t entirely even. But I like the overall look.


I knew (ok, guessed) from past experience that I would need to lengthen the sleeves. I added two inches, but one would’ve been plenty. Fortunately, Osiris, like me, has been scarred by a lifetime of too-short sleeves, so feels the longer, the better. I should’ve shortened the body, as well (like me, he’s all limb) and enlarged the collar, which is about an inch and a half small. I do wish more men’s shirt patterns had separate measurements given for the collar, as that’s an important fit-point and not hard to do. Or maybe it’s buried in there somewhere… I must admit I don’t find the Vogue patterns the easiest to parse. Anyway, all easy fixes for the next shirt, and he’s not the sort to ever button up his collar anyway.


I do so love those shoulder tucks, even if they are off-grain and so impossible to get perfectly smooth. The slightly rumpled look works well for this fabric, which is a thickish, textured cotton that I love to bits. It’s casual, and does rumpled well. I used a light-grey topstitching, and the method from the Colette Negroni instructions to do the flat-felling. The Vogue instructions were pretty terse.


I also kinda love the fold-over button placket for one reason: it makes it REALLY easy to figure out which side to do your buttonholes on!

Most importantly, Osiris seems to like the shirt even more than I do. He’s generally pretty good about wearing the shirts I’ve made him, as long as they meet his requirements (round collar, no pockets, long-enough sleeves), but this one is getting almost constant wear since it was finished. Of course, the fact that summer has finally arrived and it’s the perfect fabric to be both cool and covered and comfortable might have something to do with that, too…



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25 responses to “Manshirting

  1. Gotta love it when your man is happy with your sewing! Great work!

  2. It looks great. Congratulations! There’s nothing easy about making a shirt, and this pattern looks like a challenge, what with the tucks, extra side panels and the covered placket. I bet he’ll want more!

    • The tucks were really not bad, especially in this fabric (which was SO nice to work with). There’s one more on the way already… although who knows when I will get pictures. (I have a sinking feeling it won’t be as bit of a hit as this one…)

  3. Oooh, this looks great! I’ve had this pattern in my (sadly neglected) sew-for-him pile for, well, months… Nice to see how good it looks on another fella!

  4. Love the little unusual details of the shirt! It’s great!

  5. Excellent work and its always rewarding that they love what you make. Two thumbs up and a meow Osiris!

  6. Looks great, I can see why he’s been “living” in it. šŸ™‚ If the tucks won’t lay flat though, it probably won’t work for my hubby, since he’d be wearing it to work… šŸ˜¦ But, at least now I know before trying my hand at another Vague pattern.

    • Aww, too bad. There’s always the no-tuck version. It’s not so much that they don’t lie flat as the edges seem to ripple a little… they do on the pattern picture, too, so I assume it’s not just me (although that is always a possibility.)

  7. Wow, good job! How did you fit this in with all the wedding sewing? I’m glad he loves his shirt – it’s pretty awesome!

  8. kattheengineer

    The tucks are a really stylish extra on this shirt! It’s a great look on him, and well done you for getting the fitting details right šŸ™‚

    I know what you mean about camera-shy men – you should have seen the look on Chris’s face when our wedding photographer said that he usually gets about 300 photos in a session…

  9. Ooo, I love the shoulder tucks! Nice detail on a men’s shirt, without it looking ‘girly’. šŸ™‚ Also, good job at getting his picture! Did you feel like Crocodile Hunter monologuing as you took the pictures?

  10. great shirt! i too have been scarred for life by too short of sleeves; better too long than too short! i do wish patterns would include the neck size. even for my husband, who takes a small size, has needed the neck measurement increased (i’ve used a heavily modified mccalls pattern). i do love the rumpled textured fabric you used, perfect for summer!

  11. Great shirt! Love the tucks at the shoulder.

  12. So very nice. I love the fabric that you choose. I actually have this on my sewing table/kitchen counter right now towards the bottom of a stack of to-dos.

  13. Joy

    Excellent shirt! And even better that he wears it (there’s the proof!). I really like the crumply fabric.

  14. It looks awesome and the fit is so much better than in my attempt! Your tucks are a nice detail. I would have been put off by the off grain placement on the pattern, but I am obviously completely wrong about this, as the slightly rumpled look is very effective in this terrific casual shirt.

  15. This is lovely work! Love the tucks. Your are a much more generous partner than me!

  16. The shirt looks fab and I too really like the tucks, particularly as they’re not perfectly crisp and straight. They work so well with the fabric and casual styling. Maybe one day soon you can also sew for yourself…

  17. Ooh, well done on making a fabulous shirt that passes the man test! It looks great and the tucks are a brilliant feature.

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